St George’s Day is celebrated by St Laurence Brethren annually at the Pipe of Port in Southend, Essex.
A number of the brethren and their friends travel each year to the wine bar, this year hiring a mini-bus to take them there. The Pipe of Port is a quaint establishment with basement accommodation and sawdust on the floor. Don’t, however, be deceived by what at first glance appears to be a spartan setting. There the brethren sample the fine wine available and the gastronomical delights. The speciality of the house is their pies, in different shapes, sizes and flavours, but all delicious!
Money is also raised during the evening for the almoner’s fund which, among other things, is used to buy flowers and cards to send to brethren or widows who are unwell. A worthwhile cause and one which is satisfied whilst enjoying the company of friends and brothers.
This year seven brethren attended the event to celebrate St George’s Day and hailed it as a great evening. Wine never tasted so good!
A few photos of the brethren.